GOP gubernatorial candidate Debra Medina has gained ground in polls and among early voters, and has apparently increased her fund raising efforts in her bid to upset Governor Rick Perry and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson in the state GOP primary next month. After enduring a rather unusual line of questioning from radio disc jockey Glenn Beck, including a question as to whether she was a “9-11 Truther,” which many of her supporters believe was a calculated attack designed to derail her campaign and help Perry, Beck hung up on Medina, and then ridiculed her response to his listening audience. Beck alluded to the fact that her answer, which didn’t exactly amount to the conclusion he tried to draw, was almost a certain path back to 4% in the polls. Medina was polling at about 16% in most polls at the time, but more recent polls, taken since early voting has begun, puts her at about 20%, including among those who are voting early.
Apparently, contributions to the Medina campaign have soared since the publicity she received on Beck’s program. Many of her supporters, and others in the Texas “Tea Party” movement with which she claims affinity, were angered by Beck’s perceived attack, which they saw as a deliberate attempt on his part to sway the momentum back to Perry, who is favored by corporate interests and lobbyists of Beck’s ilk. She’s increased a series of savvy television and radio ads which, while they mention both Perry and Hutchinson and reasons why neither deserves GOP support, appear designed to put her in a position to gain on, and possibly pass Hutchinson.
Any gains by Medina could prove difficult for Perry, who needs 50% of the vote to avoid a runoff, and who doesn’t appear to be closing in on that number with early voters. Perhaps Medina supporters can hope for another attempted intervention by Glenn Beck to boost her support just prior to the primary.
She’s already got my vote.